If I Ran for President
Library Media Connection Editor's Choice Award
Imagine starring in commercials and traveling in your own campaign bus! Or seeing your face on bumper stickers and T-shirts! If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television. Finally, in November, Election Day would arrive. You would keep your fingers crossed and wait for the results--will you be the next president of the United States?
A multicultural cast of children imagines what it would be like to run for president. The entertaining yet informative text is a good conversation starter for discussions on the election process. A note about this process accompanies the story.
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About the Author
Catherine Stier is the author of more than twenty children's books including the Science Makes it Work picture book series and the Kirkus star-reviewed A Dog's Day chapter book series. She holds a master's degree in reading and literacy and has served as a magazine writer, newspaper columnist, and writing instructor. Stier resides in San Antonio, Texas.
Lynne Avril has illustrated all the stories about young Amelia Bedelia. The artist lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
"This title is a step above the usual election books, both in content and entertainment value. Six children take turns explaining the election process as if they were running for president. They discuss their decision to run, campaigning, primaries and conventions, debating, being interviewed, meeting the public, voting, and being sworn in on Inauguration Day. Stier does a good job of explaining election details, both in an introductory note about electoral votes and in the text itself.... The author adds flavor by providing humorous examples, such as the need to smile despite indigestion.... The lively cartoons cheerfully clarify the action and reinforce the concepts. Libraries will want this kid-friendly title."
"This title is a step above the usual election books, both in content and entertainment value."
School Library Journal
"Children will come away with a better understanding of the complex election-process, and, just maybe, an enduring respect for it."
"This is a campaign to yearn for, all issues and not a spin doctor in sight."